We’re all in life together by REV. HELEN H. COLLINS North Kent Presbyterian Church One of my members sent the following story to me: A mouse looked through the crack in the wall to see the farmer and his wife open a package. “What food might this contain?” the mouse wondered. He was devastated to discover it was a mousetrap. Retreating to the farmyard, the mouse proclaimed this warning: “There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!” The chicken clucked and scratched, raised her head and said, “Mr. Mouse, I can tell this is a grave concern to you, but it is of no consequence to me. I cannot be bothered by it.” The mouse turned to the pig and told him, “There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!” The pig sympathized, but said, “I am so very sorry, Mr. Mouse, but there is nothing I can do about it but pray. Be assured you are in my prayers.” The mouse turned to the cow and said, “There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!” The cow said, “Wow, Mr. Mouse. I’m sorry for you, but it’s no skin off my nose.” So, the mouse returned to the house, his head down and dejected, to face the farmer’s mousetrap—alone. That very night a sound was heard throughout the house—the sound of a mousetrap catching its prey. The farmer’s wife rushed to see what was caught. In the darkness, she did not see it. It was a venomous snake whose tail was caught in the trap. The snake bit the farmer’s wife. The farmer rushed her to the hospital. When she returned home she still had a fever. Everyone knows you treat a fever with fresh chicken soup. So the farmer took his hatchet to the farmyard for the soup’s main ingredient. But his wife’s sickness continued. Friends and neighbors came to sit with her around the clock. To feed them, the farmer butchered the pig. But, alas, the farmer’s wife did not get well—she died. So many people came for her funeral that the farmer had the cow slaughtered to provide enough meat for all of […]
June 23 2011
School project receives ‘overwhelming response’ A new project taking place at two Rockford school locations has grabbed the attention of the community and is about more than just growing vegetables and flowers. Rockford Community Services (RCS) has two community garden locations. One is located behind the administration building with 40 raised beds. The second location is at East Rockford Middle School (ERMS). The ERMS garden has 14 raised beds. “There has been such an overwhelming response for the 2011 growing season,” said Nancy Seeley of RCS. “Both locations are sold out!” On Saturday, May 7, many of the community gardeners came out to help build the raised beds. The beds were completed by hardworking gardeners, volunteers and Rockford Public Schools staff. The rest of the work was completed by gardeners themselves. They have been very creative and many have planted vegetables, fruit bushes and flowers in their beds. The beds will belong to the same gardener as long as they choose to participate. Many are planting the garden beds with the intent of keeping the same location. The Rockford High School construction class also assisted with placing a garden shed at each location. No garden is complete without a shed. RCS and community gardeners appreciate all the hard work the high school students put into the sheds and adding a much needed feature to each location. The 2011 growing season seems to be off to a great start. Many gardeners are looking forward to a fruitful first year. For more information about the gardens, please contact RCS or Nancy Seeley at (616) 863-6322 and look for more updates and information on the progress of the Rockford Community Gardens.
Dunkelberger awarded GVSU Scholarship Lisa Dunkelberger of Rockford has been named a recipient of a Faculty Scholarship to Grand Valley State University (GVSU). Dunkelberger, a recent graduate of Rockford High School, is the daughter of Melvin and Margit Dunkelberger. To be considered for a Faculty Scholarship, the recipient must have a 3.6 high school grade-point average (GPA), a minimum ACT score of 29, and attend a scholarship competition. The award is renewable for three additional years with a minimum of a 3.5 GPA or better. GVSU is dedicated to providing a rich learning environment for students, offering a wide range of majors and hands-on research opportunities. Highly credentialed and responsive faculty and individual advisors and mentors promote a liberal arts emphasis that teaches students critical thinking and problem-solving skills.